There’s been even more talk of Texas turning blue this cycle. I still refuse to believe in that possibility, because it’s a conversation we have every election cycle, but there’s always just enough voter suppression to keep that possibility at bay. That said, The New York Times insists that it is a tossup, and there is some reason for hope, because the state has already surpassed 2016’s turnout four days before the election, with over 9 million ballots already registered. Texas has become the second state — after Hawaii — to surpass its total 2016 turnout in early voting alone. The Times reports that “the increase has been fueled by huge turnout in urban, Democratic areas, like Harris County, home to Houston,” where voters can early vote 24 hours a day.
Good morning! Between 7PM last night and 7AM this morning 10,250 people voted in Harris County.— Harris County Clerk (@HarrisVotes) October 30, 2020
This morning County Clerk @CGHollins will be casting his vote at Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church.
Still need your #IVoted sticker? 120 locations are open until 7PM. #HarrisVotes pic.twitter.com/cgxok4td12
This increase in voting comes despite Republican efforts to suppress voting by limiting each county to only one dropbox.
Again, it is worth noting that if Texas ever turns blue, the Republicans will insist that the Electoral College be immediately dismantled. That is why, of course, Republicans are currently suing to have votes cast curbside in Harris County nullified, which could result in the loss of 100,000 mostly Democratic votes. The same judges that decided only one ballot box per county will probably also rule on this.
Speaking of suppression, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 5 days before the election that ballots in Minnesota that come in after election day have to be segregated and possibly invalidated. The Secretary of State had previously extended that date until November 10th. The Appeals Court cited the same Bush v. Gore opinion that Kavanaugh cited in Wisconsin, although I seem to recall that — when that opinion was written by Rehnquist back in 2000 — they specifically said that it should not act as a precedent and applied only to the situation at hand. 🤷♂️
All the same, that means if you live in Minnesota and you haven’t sent in your ballot yet, you also need to go to the polls in person if you want to ensure that your vote is counted.
Considering today's decision by the Court of Appeals, this seems like a good time to remind everyone about the City's 13 Ballot Drop-Off sites, all of which are open **every day** through 3 p.m. on Election Day.— Minneapolis Elections & Voter Services (@VoteMpls) October 29, 2020
—-> BRING US YOUR MAIL BALLOTS!!! <—- pic.twitter.com/a3J4oNN69r
Speaking of 9 million (the number of votes cast in Texas): That’s the same number of people who have been infected with the coronavirus in the United States, so far. Thankfully, we’re “rounding the corner!”
The U.S. reported 90,456 COVID-19 cases Thursday, October 29th, setting a record high for daily cases for the fourth time since Thursday, October 22nd, according to an @NBCNews tally.— Ayman Mohyeldin (@AymanM) October 30, 2020
Oh, well, at least no one is dying anymore (except the 1,000 who died yesterday, and the 750 who die, on average, every day right now).
“The number (of deaths) is almost nothing, because we’ve gotten control of this,” Don Jr says.— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) October 30, 2020
So far today, Johns Hopkins has reported 87,164 new cases and 951 reported deaths.
With a total of 228,636 deaths.
Lie after lie after lie after lie. https://t.co/UVz6TDBbKy
My favorite part is when Don Jr. calls us the morons.
GEEK GIRL DIVA! *gasp*
Thanks to this thread, I now know what coke mouth looks like. https://t.co/NLOY6VS41e— Geek Girl Diva (@geekgirldiva) October 30, 2020
Did y’all see this? It makes me tremendously happy. Elizabeth Warren could be our Steven Mnuchin.
Elizabeth Warren wants to be Joe Biden's Treasury secretary and will make her case for it if he wins next week, according to three Democratic officials who have spoken with her inner circle.— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) October 30, 2020
"She wants it," two of them said matter-of-factly. https://t.co/guBFJkv99Z
Finally (for now): Trump has called off his election night party at Trump International Hotel on Tuesday, opting instead to stay at the White House. Why? A number of reasons: The party would violate the 50-person limit in D.C., the campaign actually can’t afford a big party anymore, and also, because Trump fears he might lose.
He might, but we all need to prepare not to know until possibly Friday, which is when votes are expected to be completely counted in Pennsylvania.
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